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December 3rd, 2008
03:11 PM ET

Chambliss Win: What does it mean for Palin?

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Chambliss (right) said that Palin had a huge impact on his win. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP PHOTO)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

So much for that filibuster-proof majority for the Democrats in the Senate. Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss won yesterday's run-off in Georgia. The best the Democrats can do now is 59 seats. The Minnesota race is still undecided. It was a much needed win for beleaguered Republicans coming off the beating they took on Election Day.

But perhaps the bigger story is Sarah Palin. The hockey mom-turned-Alaska governor-turned vice presidential candidate-turned national joke flew down to Georgia on Monday and campaigned for Chambliss to huge crowds at several events.

Chambliss said Palin had a huge impact on his win, "She came in on the last day, did a fly-around and, man, she was dynamite."

Palin's former runningmate John McCain also campaigned for Chambliss, as did former Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani.

But it was Palin who may have given Chambliss the push he needed to win.

Here’s my question to you: What does Saxby Chambliss’s win in Georgia mean for Sarah Palin who went there to campaign for him?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Agnes from Scottsdale, Arizona writes:
Jack, it means that the South is solidly Republican and firmly "fly over" country. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to progressive, forward-looking citizens of either party. This was her swansong. No doubt the GOP top dogs will put a lid on her, except when they're afraid they can't get a full audience at an event. She's great at pulling in the dinosaurs!

Paula from Indiana writes:
It means "the base" loves her and that the rest of us, who find her circumlocutory speech patterns as abrasive as nails on a blackboard, are doomed to a future of listening to her butcher the English language. Dick Cavett hit the nail on the head when he called dubbed her, "The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla" in an article he wrote. It's a great read!

Aaron writes:
Come on, Jack. A Republican won in a runoff election in Georgia. What did you expect?

Mac from Traverse City, Michigan writes:
Jack, it means that Georgia is still part of the “bass-ackwards” part of the country that supports right wing conservatism, and Sarah Palin can still find an audience in a state where the collective IQ is about 37.

Julianna from Biloxi, Mississippi writes:
It means nothing for her. She is self-absorbed, arrogant and doesn't want to let go of her 15 minutes of fame. The GOP candidate in 2012 will be Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. Besides, Pres.-Elect Obama hasn't even started his term. Stop talking about Sarah Palin.

Jeff from Sturgis, Michigan writes:
It means that Palin didn't hit the campaign trail early enough to damage Chambliss's chances of winning the same way she damaged McCain's chances in the general election.

Ondrya from San Fernando Valley, California writes:
It means that you can carry on your absolute total obsession for Sarah Palin for at least another day. Face it Super-Old-Dude. Don't lie, you've got the hots for Caribou Barbie.


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Saxby Chambliss
soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. KarenB, Florida

    You haven't seen the last of her. She was good candidate whether ones with blinders on choose to believe it or not.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Joe in DE

    It maens she might have a chance in 2 states – if she runs in the next year, can't count on anything more..

    December 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Marie Ontario

    Hopefully it will mean Palin will be the new leader of the GOP which in turn will permanently relegate them to ash heap of American politics.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  4. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    It means nothing. Georgia has always been very conservative. It was no surprise that Chamblis won. Bush could have probably campaigned for him.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  5. Annie Naples FL

    it means we are to be subjected to painful doses of her stupidity and distasteful rhetoric...hopefully Bobby jindal will take over the republicans and she will fade.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Dick B

    It should mean more juicy headlines if she left her family home alone for a while.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  7. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Too early to tell, lets give her some time and see whether or not she can stay blunder free for awhile.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  8. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    Unfortunately there are enough people who vote that throw qualifications out the window and would support a candidate like Palin for President. Those same individuals turned out and voted for Chambliss, who has really accomplished nothing for Georgia during his time as Senator. But "don'tcha know", he's a good ole conservative and that makes him darndidly loveable!

    December 3, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  9. Jason, Koloa, HI

    It says that there are still more radical right-wing evangelicals in Georgia with funny accents that like radical right-wing evangelicals with funny accents from Alaska. That's about all it says. Thankfully, these people are still a minority in this country and a VAST minority on this planet.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  10. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It means she is still in her "dreamscape" and she got to wear her RNC wardrobe again....there is absolutely no connection to Chambliss's winning and Sarah Palin–all nothing but political pandering buy a former beauty queen.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  11. Rose in Az

    It says she has a bright future ahead of her, she is young and vibrant and she can get a crowd going. She has a lot to learn but I am betting she can do it given a little more time.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  12. Nuria

    It means now she really won't just go away.

    December 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  13. Joanne Buck

    I'm sure Sarah Palin assisted Chambliss in a postive way.
    My God people seemed to ignore her 80% approval rating in Alaska, her cleaning up the scoundrals there. Many Americans preferred a slick talking person who has zero experience for President. Sad we lost two good leaders that would of cleaned house; McCain and Palin that is. We are now in for rougher times because of that.
    Americans have invariably been fooled since 1960 however.
    Joanne B
    Minnesota

    December 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  14. Ron in Oregon

    I hope it says we are rid of her. Do people really believe she was the catalyst for his win? He was ahead all the time. He was even whead at the time of the general election. They just have a stupid run-off rule in Georgia. I just don't believe that she had all that much to do with his win. If so, it's really sad what this country has become.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  15. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Her already large ego will get another boost which it doesn't need. She believes she is ready to be Commander-In-Chief now so after this she'll think she can be the leader of the free world or maybe the universe. I only wish she would submit to some real questions from the media and not just give stump speeches so the people would stop blowing smoke.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    It means it is time for her to go back to Alaska and stay there.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  17. Anne

    Not much. Georgia is not representative of the country as a whole.

    Her far, far right views don't resonate well nationally.

    Anne
    Texas

    December 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  18. Bill from Medford, NJ

    Forget about what it means for Palin. There's a sizeable fraction of the voters who think she's the best thing since sliced bread. Think about what that means for us, God help us!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  19. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    It means that her political ambitions are gaining strength. We (in the lower 48), like it or not, haven't seen the last of her.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  20. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    It means that her fifteen minutes of fame has been extended to maybe eighteen!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  21. Tyne from Boulder, Colorado

    It means that Palin is the new Oprah! She was able to bring out huge conservative crowds in a really...red...state. Hmmm... really challenging right? Either way it won't help her presidential run in 2012.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  22. Lisa in Huntsville, Alabama

    I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean anything except that she likes having her face on TV.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  23. Jane (Minnesota)

    I think she'll probably take more credit for his win than she really should. Georgia is a conservative state with mostly Repulican representation. It definitely will stoke her ego. She loves the limelight & the attention and will jump out there for attention anyway she can get it. Assist to the media on this one!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  24. odessa

    it means nothing!!..chambliss was going to win anyway regardless who came down there for his campaign..palin is still a nut like bush..who cares about her?..she says the word"um, like" so many times it makes me want to puke..obama has the white house,congress and senate..i want the rest of the democrats to start fighting back because none of the republicans aren't coming on obama side..things must change for this country or things will remain worse..palin was preaching the same campaign speech, wearing the same new clothes, and talking about herself..stop talking about her and talk about other issues..

    December 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  25. Larry in Florida

    It means she's still got it. She must be good at what she does because so many people are paying attention. She is something like Hillary. You either love her or you hate her. She will be around for awhile so Sarah haters, get used to it.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  26. Dave P.

    Jack,

    All it means is they won't blame his loss on her. Don't see how anyone can say without her he would have lost.

    Dave
    Iowa City, Iowa

    December 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  27. joyce

    I dont know who is more ignorant, her or the people in Georgia. Why doesn't she go back to Alaska and crawl back under the rock she crawled out from under, back in September?

    Tallahassee, FL

    December 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  28. mitchell ,arkansaw

    it means its time for her to put her baby polar bear mittens back on , and go home and stay.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  29. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Palin got more public attention by backing Chambliss and as long as she stays in the forefront of the media even if it is in a negative light then people will be talking about her. If they are talking about Palin then they are not talking about something or someone else. That will make a big difference in the next 4 years. That's called politics. When they stop talking about you then you are through. Case in point. Where is John McCain at today? Umm Humm... Haven't got a clue have you? This man was the next in line for the presidency with only one contender in his way. Today he is just dust in a world wind. Nobody knows and no body cares about him.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  30. Mary - Boerne, TX

    It means she is still collecting a paycheck from the state of Alaska for doing absolutely nothing since she was asked to be McCain's running mate. Good work if you can find it.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  31. Ron In TX.

    One word Jack, Clout

    December 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  32. David, Tampa, Fl

    It means nothing to Gov. Palin. This is a state that voted for McCain in the most recent election and will vote Republican in future elections. Remember, there will be elections in 2010 before the 2012 presidential elections. That election might be a better guage of her future than the Georgia election of 2008.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  33. V.K. Raman

    It means nothing excepting watching vacariously Chambliss celebrate his reentry in the Senate as an impotent senator who cannot stop any of the steps the majority senators take.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  34. Marsha

    NOthing she is a joke

    December 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  35. don in naples, florida

    nothing. the verdict has already been rendered on Sarah Palin. People are looking more seriously into issues rather than partisanship. And at this stage no politician has any guaranteed security in their government positions. It's either serve the interests of the people, or you're out.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  36. Billy G in Las Vegas

    doesn't mean jack, Jack.

    but I sure do hope she stays in the public spotlight and that the Republicans pick her as their Presidential candidate in 2012. maybe she would even pick Saxby Chambliss as here VP running mate. the 2008 "Geezer-Dingbat" ticket would then morph into "Dingbat-Draft Dodger 2012"

    December 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  37. Melanie in IA

    Who knows, who cares, she is OLD NEWS.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  38. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    This sad turn of events leaves me frightened that the short memories and attention spans of the voter will let them again vote for the “pretty face” with no substance behind it next time, as they have done in the past – regardless of how well Obama may do. The only reason Obama won is because the lousy Republican generated economy was in our faces on election day.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  39. ed (centralia, wa.)

    hi jack, this is another undeserving feather in her hat. she would do while for herself to go back to alaska and and finish the job that she was elected for. There should be some kind of penalty for not fulfilling the post that politicians are elected to.( how about repaying all the money that they recieved and a hefty fine.) ah hell, just deport them.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  40. Precious Coker

    Nothing!!!!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  41. Erik

    Jack,
    It means that Republicans in Georgia will vote Republican during an election even if Bullwinkle is on the ballot. That is, if Bullwinkle survives hunting season in Alaska. As long as Sarah Palin runs as a Republican, she'd win any election in Georgia. However, that does not say much good about the state where I reside.

    Erik
    McDonough, GA

    December 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  42. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    It means Palin, like Joe the plummer and George and Laura, will soon have a book to peddle. Gee, I'll have such a tough decision to make as to which one I'm going to rush out and buy.

    Ralph-Corpus Christi, texas

    December 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  43. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    I do not think that it means as much for Palin as is does for Obama. She may have been able to pull in some last minute swing votes and it does mean that she has the wherewithall to pursue a future on the national stage. However, it is significant for Obama because it means there will be no fillibuster proof Senate and shows that though we support him, we do not want him to have carte-blanche authority.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  44. Lee in TN

    I saw her on tv and she still seems to be on cloud nine.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  45. Roxy

    It means that she is like a bad penny that keeps returning.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  46. Bob in Lincoln NE

    Nothing! Chambliss would have won irrespective if any of the pols showed up or not-particulary the huskie from Alaska. The sooner she disappears from the radar the better off the world will be.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  47. Ameria Johnson

    Please don't take the Chambliss win for anything more than it was. These people are waiting on the repeal of Civil Rights Act of 1964! When a representative votes against extending the Civil Rights Act and goes to the newspaper and brags about it...you have problems!
    Only 30-40% of the adults in Georgia have high school educations and really, they would vote for a vampire if the vampire ran as a republican. I know this because I was born and raised in Georgia and common sense is not a part of the mentality of the majority of people in this state.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  48. Lene', IL

    Doesn't she have a new baby and a job in Alaska? It seems as though her priority is seeking glory and attention for herself.

    I honestly don't think her campaigning for Chambliss had any real affect on the outcome of this election and is just Sarah trying to keep the spotlight on herself.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  49. hugh ~ california

    Jack,
    It means Sarah Palin has finally campaigned for a candidate who won! Now she can feel like a real winner.
    Actually it means nothing, Sarah Palin is just a poster child for the republican party. These crowds certainly aren't showing up in droves because of her intelligence. It's all fluff, face powder and makeup. In about 10 years that will all be over. This "Caribou Barbie" will start looking more like one of "The Golden Girls" and no one in her party will care where she shows up. She wouldn't be able to get a 30 second spot on "The Young & The Restless."

    December 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  50. Winton from Alaska

    It means she is still riding her popularity wave and trying to stay in the news and limelight. Her brief stay in the spotlight probably has her itching for more attention. Maybe Alaska is not big enough for her. Its time for her to move to the 'lower forty-eight' where she can have ready access to photo-ops and such.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  51. Ray in Nashville

    It just means that she's still a celebrity in the eyes of the conservative wing of the GOP. Chambliss was only in a run-off because of a third party candidate and was never in any real danger of losing his seat.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  52. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    The Chambliss win means nothing for Palin. Chambliss was going to win with or without Gov. Palin. Ga. is a very conservative state in the conservative south. The GOP is becoming more and more regional party. Big deal !!!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  53. Katty OR

    For Palin it really means nothing. Georgia was going to vote Republican no matter what. The only reason she was even there was to appease her supporters.
    I am looking forward to seeing her run and LOSE – and she will!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  54. Bill, Quarryville, Pa.

    It doesn't mean anything. He would have won weather she campaign for him or not. If she had any smarts she would stay up in Alaska out of the spotlight and brush up on her knowledge of world affairs and the problems concerning our country. She is only a show for the extreme religious right in her party and nothing more. She is not in touch with the mainstream thinking of the American voter. The sooner her party realizes this the better off they both will be. Every time she shows up in the lower United States it is like a dog and pony show with the squeaky voice with no substance to her speech. Every time I see her on TV it's like listening to a scratchy record that you know by heart. The other night I fell asleep with the news on, only to wake up to Palin's voice scaring the hell out of me, making me think that the election wasn't over and she still had a shot at the White House.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  55. Paula in the middle of America--Illinois

    Nothing

    December 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  56. Dee Evans

    I don't understand how so many are spinning this Georgia election as some kind of a huge Republican victory.

    If anything, this should be a moral boost for the Democrats that a Republican incumbant was forced into a run-off in one of the reddest of red states in our country.

    For Republicans to be jumping for joy over this is like Laker fans celebrating a 2 point overtime win over the Knicks!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  57. Bruce H

    SInce she was not running, its hard to say what impact she had on the run off election. However, I suspect she will take credit. I believe she had almost no effect on the outcome and thus it should be meaningless.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  58. Anthony Smith

    Not much! When first asked to visit Georgia, Palin said ok because she thought she was going to be closer to her Russian neighbors.

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    December 3, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  59. mel from ohio

    Chambliss was going to win anyway. As you noticed, the Dems did not put a lot of time and effort into trying to defeat him. It was almost like they said "Let the Repubs have that one, we're moving on"......Of course, Palin's folks in Alaska are not too pleased with her lack of attention to their state. The question to ask is what do Palin's self-centered actions say about her commitment to anybody or any issue other than those that revolve around her?!!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  60. Pamela - Ohio

    Jack,
    I hope that it means we are not going to keep hearing about her. I'm not angy with the press that Sarah is getting. I am disappointed with the people who keep giving it to her. She loves the microphone, the camera, and the attention. And everytime she winks or blinks we have to hear about it. Why??? Nothing coherent comes from her mouth. Nothing of substance.
    She is who she is. Perhaps she is of average intelligence, and that is stretching it. Not someone that I personally would like to have making any decisions for me or the land I live in. That does not make her a bad person; just a person who should not be given much responsibility or credibility. Why so much airtime???

    December 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  61. Ray Kinserlow

    It means if she runs in 2012, she has a small chance of winning Georgia's electoral votes. Elsewhere, right now, she's pretty much dead meat in that contest.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    December 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  62. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    It means that Sarah has one friend in Washington. For the last three weeks, every major player in the Republican Party has been trying to diminish her star power and front runner status for 2012! I don't like Mrs. Palin or her politics but I like even less how the Republicans are treating her after she did their bidding!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  63. Hayley A.

    Don't get me wrong, I want Palin to run in 2012. Not only would Barack have a lock on a second term, but it would be great entertainment. The victory in Georgia was already inevitable, all she did was bring more attention to it due to her media draw. She is celebrity, not a real politician. If the Republicans have any sense, they will decide it's time for the joke to be over and get someone who has a real shot in there.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  64. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    it means Jack Squat.. Jack... Remeber – Stevens lost in her state and the GOP just got their butts kicked in the election where she campaigned everywhere... I really doubt she has a positive impact to the voters in most states other than a few.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  65. pete in hamilton ontario

    it seems that ms palin has more interest in politics outside of alaska than within the state. my question to you jack: who has been governing alaska over the past 3 months?

    December 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  66. Annie, Atlanta

    She will have all the support she needs here in GA if she decides to run in 2012. This is one of a handful of holdouts where people HATE Democrats, from the smartest and richest on down. And they make sure to pass that hate on to their kids so the cycle continues. Scary.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  67. Dee Evans

    Give me a break! Sarah Palin had about as much to do with Chambliss getting re-elected in one of the reddest of red states in the union as she had to do with my dog getting fleas!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  68. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    It just means Sara is quite at home with turkeys whether it is saving them or butchering them doesn't really seem to matter. Palin will believe in her own mind she saved Chambliss and Chambliss will believe he did it all on his own.

    The moral of the story is Georgia did it to themselves.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  69. Christine, Edmeston NY

    It means that the GOP wanted to give her some photo ops and a PR boost by putting her in a situation where the Republican candidate wasn't going to lose anyway. Alas, the grooming process has just begun.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  70. Karl from SF, CA

    It means she got another free trip to the lower 48 and a chance to dispaly her partial sentence speakig style. DId she ever actually mention Chambliss name? It was mostly re-runs of campaighn sound bites, the partial sentences I mented prevuiously. I' d say most thinking people outside of Georgia were underwhelmed.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  71. Mary Jo from Pittsburgh

    It's just one more excuse to drag her feet and delay returning to Alaska to do the job the citizens hired her to do. Govern.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  72. C from Eatonton, GA

    Not a thing. She is irrelevant.

    Chambliss won due to his good old boy accent and his clear prejudices. The vote was an anti-Obama, anti-progress vote, not pro-Chambliss...

    December 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  73. sandra/canada

    Dear Jack: The fact that Sarah Palin is even relevant in light of all the serious problems facing us as North Americans is just plain depressing.

    sandra/edmonton

    December 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  74. Vicki Arlington, TN

    Jack, it means absoutely nothing...he was going to win anyway.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  75. Andrea, GA

    When will Palin stop making a spetical of herself. She is having a big problem staying in Alaska and taking care of he business there. She has limited appeal and limited true knowledge about anything of importance. She is really great at appealing to bigots and fools. Palin didn't help Chambliss win. Chambliss was going to win because the majority of the people who live in this state are still fighting the Civil War. Georgia is a perfect example of a state caught between education and stupidity.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  76. Dee in Florida

    Jack,

    It means that her head will swell. She will think she was the catalyst.

    And it probably means they are birds of a feather.

    If the Christmas elves would grant me one wish, it would be that Sarah Palin would be sucked into a black hole, never to be heard from again!

    December 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  77. Sarah

    It means when you want to turn out the far right voters then Palin’s your man. Sorry I mean woman. I think.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  78. Jack in DC

    Jack

    It doesn't mean anything. Georgia was always going to stay red, Martin had his chance on Nov 4 when the young and minority vote came out for Obama. With Obama's victory, there was no way anybody (not even Obama) was going to get them to come out and stand in line again.

    I guess you still had to insinuate that Palin was the reason Chambliss won so you could stir up the liberals and feel good about yourself.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  79. Gina in Racine, Wi

    I really hope that the Republican's keep her front and center because we will just continue to have landslide elections favoring the Democratic Party.

    What happened in Georgia wasn't about Sarah Palin.....it means that the Evangelical's in Georgia.....and the Republican's that voted just so the Democrat's couldn't have another Democratic Senator......came out in droves.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  80. JD, North Carolina

    It means it is time for her to do something she hasn't done since August... her job as Governor.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  81. Carl D. Marsh

    Jack: The US Auto manufacture has kept the Big Oil Companies making billions of profit for a long time. Don't you think it is full time for Shell, Exxon-Mobile, Chevron, etc help out the US Auto Industry?

    If these oil companies call themselves good corporate citizen of the United States, then it is full time for them to pitch in to stabilized our economy. If we sink we will all sink together and if we make it, we will all come back together

    Carl

    December 3, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  82. Lenore in Kansas

    Means she'll always do well in Georgia, a conservative Southern state.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  83. pat tennessee

    Palin was singing to the choir, it means nothing more than that.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  84. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    It means that the people of Alaska wish Palin would leave for good so they can elect a real governor.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  85. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    Palin is the future of the Democratic Party. If she keeps running the Dems can save the campaign money and spend it something useful.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  86. Tina (Texas)

    It means nothing. She has to get Alaska back on track since the oil industry is dropping in price and they pay their citizens money. If she bombs there she is toast and I won't have to wear ear plugs when the woman opens her trap.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  87. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Amazing! A republican won in a ruby red state, and Palin campained for him, woweeee kazoweee! An idiot on the campain trail is steal an idiot, but makes for good entertainment.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  88. LUCY - ILLINOIS

    It means nadda, he was going to win anyway, unfortunately. Im sure Mr. Martin was their best bet, seemed like a nice, level headed man. Wonder how long Palin begged for him to let her rally? She is a flop. She is like the monkeys in the zoo, people like to listen and laugh at her too. If that is the best the GOP has, they better call it quits.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  89. Jim Bailey

    It means we have to put up with listening to her.
    I thought folks went to Alaska to get away from the rat race and hubbub of civilization. Wish she would.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  90. Jwal, Tx

    I hope that Sarah does not run for the 2012 election, to save the American tax paying people, from hearing and listening to a repeat of a joke from 2008.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  91. Michelle, New Haven CT

    She's bought herself enough time to read Constitution AND learn Constitutional principles, study geography, enconomic theory, international politics, national social service programs and policies, and really learn the issues facing individuals with disabilities and how to solve them. Good luck to her, she has quite a bit of homework to do before she can be a real serious national political leader. Otherwise, she will remain a national joke.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  92. John, Fort Collins, CO

    It appears Sarah Palin is already well positioned to be the standard bearer for the Republican Party, with no need to wait for 2012. She has proven she can draw a crowd, but it is generally limited to rural, religious-right whites. If she becomes the party leader, the Republicans will become even more exclusive and irrelevant as they fade off into history.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  93. Markel Houston

    Sarah Palin's appearance in Georgia on behalf of Saxby Chambliss means nothing. It had no effect whatsoever on the outcome of that runoff. Palin got to visit Georgia and more face time in front of the cameras.

    There was no contest to begin with. No amount of campaigning by anyone would have saved Martin. His constituency is not interested in him. It was the worst kept secret of the election that Martin didn't stand a chance because Georgians couldn't see beyond the dazzle that is Barack Obama. The run-off was due to straight-party voting in the general election.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  94. Henry in Connecticut

    It means absolutely nothing. A lot of people campaigned for him. And he had more votes than his Democratic rival in the general election. It was just that there had to be a runoff election because a third party candidate had enough votes to prevent either Chambliss or his Democratic opponent from getting more than 50% of the vote. All the contests in this country should provide for runoff elections. If there had been a runoff election in Florida in the 2000 presidential election, Gore would have gotten elected, and this country would be in much better shape than it is right now.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  95. T. G. from the virgin islands

    It means that the Democratic Party's dream for a filibuster majority in the Senate is as dead as Ted Stevens' career.

    December 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  96. Jim, Kansas

    Sarah Palin lost the November election fair and square. Anyone who has gone to one or her rallies since then needs to get a life.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  97. Lucas in Pawling NY

    It means it's time for a new wardrobe courtesy of the GOP.
    Come on guys pay up, she really earned it.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  98. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hi Jack, means absolutely ..............zero! Palin is not responsible for his win, the people of Georgia who decided not to vote are responsible for the evil Saxby's win. Shame on them!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  99. Mary from Houston, tx

    If voters chose bush, why wouldn't the same people choose Palin?
    Maybe the electorate needs to be tested to vote!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  100. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, it means that she is managing to stay in the media spotlight if only for comedic relief. Shakespeare would have used her for such a role as a counterbalance to the main characters such as Obama and his cast of cabinet members.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  101. Tom

    Jack,

    Keeping with the spirit of the season and the reality of the current state of the economy, ...
    ... you can just bet your boots that she has just placed her Presidential aspirations for 2012 on Lay-A -Way, ... , you're darn tootin' , 'bout that!

    Tom in
    Middletown, Delaware

    December 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  102. George

    It means that the Republicans that didn't vote in November wanted to make sure that there was no 60 Democrat Senate, got off their cans, and voted for Saxby.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  103. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Paves the way for her to run as President because it proves people will listen to any exaggerations as pure fact. Of course, we already knew that when those same people voted Bush in twice. What goes around comes around? Why does it keep coming around?

    December 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  104. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    it means she is not doing the job she is being paid to do, work for the people of Alaska. she believes she is something she is not. her religion has her mind very confused. she is a bad joke.....

    December 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  105. Kathy in Chicago

    Jack, It means, like it or not, Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican Party.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  106. John in Arizona

    It means that her appeal with her base – moose hunters, snowmobilers and southern rednecks – is intact.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  107. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    It means nothing. It was in Georgia for crissake. She is "a legend in her own mind".

    December 3, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  108. Cynthia

    It means absolutely nothing that Palin went there. I believe if President Elect Obama had gone to Georgia Martin would have won.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  109. Linda in Florida

    Why do we keep giving her air time and keep talking about her?

    December 3, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  110. steve in pensacola

    It was token "gimme" for her resume. No matter what they do to try to legitimize her for 2012, she'll never fly with any but the most extreme right. They need to hit Nieman for some bullet-proof stilettos for the next time she shoots herself in the foot, I am surprised she didn't reiterrate "We're all Georgian's now." LOL

    December 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  111. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Jack, some people may think she is one of us, and that may be so, but is all the more reason she should stay in Alaska. When we elect a leader we want them to be able to relate to us, not be one of us. My neighbor may be one of us, but I damed shure don`t want him being president. As for her haveing a few followers, so did Jimmy Jones, and we all know how that turned out. Hopefully all it means is, she is going to continue to provide us with lots of good wholesome christan entertainment.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  112. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: It means that the south is solidly Republican and firmly "fly over" country. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to progressive, forward looking citizens of either party. This was her swan song. No doubt the GOP top dogs will put a lid on her, except when they're afraid they can't get a full audience at an event. She's great at pulling in the dinosors!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  113. Pugas-AZ

    I don't think we should read much into it. Saxby probably would have won with her or without her speaking for him. Maybe she should be sitting in with the automakers and help them with their bailout. She could help subsidize their turn-around with Alaskan oil money-oops that's about gone too!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  114. B. D. in Saugerties, NY

    Just because Chambliss won doesn't mean Palin is any less of a loser. He was expected to win with or without her help. After all he is an incumbant running in a red state. As for Palin, she's still a laughing stock here in the blue State of New York.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  115. Melanie, Germany

    I have a question for you, Mr Cafferty : Why is that every time something "good" happens in the Republican party, Sarah Palin gets all the credit for it ?

    December 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  116. Arnold,WV

    I believe Palin will have a little clout.I'm a republican who supported Obama all along,although I would vote for Palin over Hillary Clinton and am not the least happy with Obama for letting her muscle into his cabinet.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  117. Aaron G

    Come on Jack; a Republican won in a runoff election in GEORGIA. What did you expect?

    December 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  118. Charlie

    It means nothing. She had no roll or effect. Time for different topics.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  119. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    It means that she has been successful in selling her idea of the "real America" to the good people of Georgia. Consider what Saxby Chambliss did when he mauled Max Cleland's reputation. A viper could not spew forth any more venomous lies to defame a valiant war hero. Chambliss represents the worst face of the Republican Party and yet Sarah Palin sings his praise to the heavens and continues to rally "real Americans" to her cause. Smart Republicans need to shout her down now and rebuild their Party around "real Christian" values or expect to lose in any national election from here on out.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  120. Jeff from Sturgis, MI

    It means that Palin didn't hit the campaign trail early enough to damage Chambliss' chances of winning the same way she damaged McCain's chances in the general election.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  121. JIM

    My buddy Jack Cafferty. It doesn't mean anything for Sarah Palin. She can draw crowds.. Taht was the reason she was there. Her future will depend on her performance in the next 4 years. Chambliss did win so she must have helped him. Sorry about that Jack.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  122. KCLaw

    It helped in that it motivated those who were going to vote for Chambliss to get out and vote. I doubt she changed any "uncommitted" votes in GA anymore than she did in the National election.
    What you media people don't seem to get is that people like Palin really only appeal to those who already have her mindset to begin with. Palin will never be the serious candidate of the more centrist Republicans.
    The "firewall" against a "liberal tsunami" issue was probably a bigger motivator than a Palin or McCain endorsement.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  123. kendall

    Hopefully it means that her time in the national spotlight is ending! I am a woman and am all for womanpower, but only for those deserving and educated enough. All this

    With any luck, it will be the end of her taking up space in the news where more deserving stories can once again take center stage. The media is keeping this woman alive, let her go, please.

    kendall

    pittsburgh,pa

    December 3, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  124. Claude Calgary Alberta

    Jack, it means she is a good cheer leader. Prime Minister Harper here in Canada should recruit Sarah Palin to help Conservative Government stay in power. If you are uncertain about our own politics our current Government maybe taken over by a Coalition of three opposition parties.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  125. Denise D. (Montréal)

    Absolutly nothing. This state is red as it can be. Jim Martin was a hitch in a difficult year for Republicans. How could she influence a result with 200 words vocabulary? Only with morons...Sorry for them.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  126. Brady

    I don't think that it means anything for Palin. Somebody who she campaigned for won. That isn't exactly a big deal or a resume-shaker.

    Brady from Columbus, Ohio

    December 3, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  127. Tony in Michigan

    It means-
    1) Sarah Palin is liked by Republicans in Georgia (no big suprise).

    2) Sarah Palin was not doing her job as Alaska's governor.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  128. Pete, Fla.

    Listen, the fact that Saxby Chambliss won having had Sarah Palin campaign for him does not necessarily mean that Palin has powerful influence or that she is very popular. The fact that the media continues to follow her every move and seek her opinion is what makes her a powerful, popular, and influential politician. She'll be back... stronger, smarter, and more popular than ever.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  129. Bruce St Paul MN

    She was in her element. If she is still around in 2010, and the GOP is having trouble rallying the uneducated narrow-minded element of their base, I'm sure they will give her a call.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  130. just me

    Time for Palin to return to Alaska where she is supposed to have a job but she is too busy basking in the limelight. Her 15minutes of fame are long over.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  131. Tommy Tx

    It means she can win the GOP base.We already knew that,however.Doesn't Ms. Palin ever devote time to her real job-gov.of Alaska?

    December 3, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  132. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Coincidence.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  133. Matt

    The forces of darkness and evil are still present........

    Matt Saint Augustine, Fl.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  134. Bev, Los Angeles, California

    Who in this world would care. She has got to be the most superficial politician in the world (and that's saying a lot after W)! She know very little about policy in the world and knows less about everyday people. She thinks we're all stupid (like her) and underestimated us a great deal. She can keep her little conservative base and be inconsequential.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  135. Mary - Arlington, VA

    It means the Palin novelty has not worn off yet. I suspect in a year or so, all of this hype will die down. Let's face it, we as a people have a short attention span. In the next few years, we'll find out who the new leader of the Republican party really is. As far as Palin, she'd be wise to lay low and do her homework so she'll be ready and can be taken seriously as a contender, and not the butt of jokes on the late night comedy circuit.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  136. Martha Lynne - Los Angeles, CA

    It means she likes to be in warmer weather whenever she can.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  137. Jill

    I doubt that she helped Chambliss, really. Yes, he got more media attention, but did she deliver any votes for him? Likely not. If she can smarten-up, she could do some real good, but right now, she lacks the brain power. She needs to shut-up and do a lot of listening and learning. Let her take herself out of the limelight for two-years and do the brain-work that is needed. Then she might emerge as someone worth following.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  138. Todd

    It doens't mean anything for her, but I'm sure she will take all of the credit. Lets stop talking about her. The more we do, the more she will remain a topic for the media.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  139. Janice Illinois

    It means nothing, If the rnc goes with this woman and doesn' t search for new talent they are doomed and I don't even dislike Mrs. Palin, it is what it is. She seems to be the new Tanya Harding, If she's not careful she'll end up in a wrestling ring. Yes, I'm serious!!!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  140. Alex

    Squat

    December 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  141. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Chambliss' run-off win had very little to do with Sarah Palin .. Georgia is conservative and the turn-out was significantly lower than for Election Day in November. What is going to be more telling about Sarah Palin's future in the Republican Party is how the Alaskan electorate view her and the party between now and the 2010 election season. From what I've been reading, it appears her approval ratings have been dropping in Alaska and she hasn't bothered to show up for work in Juneau since the McCain-Palin defeat. Somehow, I don't think "stumping for Chambliss" is playing very well in the Great White North.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  142. Mobolaji

    Jack,
    It means she can only help people win or loose into office, while she can't help herself win a major election. I am sure the old maveric will tell you what i mean.

    Wichita,KS

    December 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  143. john j. grimes

    Doesn't mean a damn thing. Palin has had her 15 minutes of fame so I believe it's time for her return home and take care of the job she was elected to do. Eight years of ineptness in Washington is enough for one decade so we cannot afford anyone with her lack of knowledge.

    Jay G.
    Watertown,ma.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  144. Paula (Indiana)

    It means "the base" loves her and that the rest of us, who find her circumlocutory speech patterns as abrasive as nails on a blackboard, are doomed to a future of listening to her butcher the english language... Dick Cavett hit the nail on the head when he called dubbed her, "The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla" in an article he wrote. It's a great read!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  145. Jay in Texas

    It means that Sarah Palin is not satisfied with her job as Governor of Alaska and that she wants the national spotlight to remain on her. I think the subject of who is paying for all of these trips around the country should be examined and answers revealed by the news media who never misses an opportunity to shine the spotlight on her.
    Brownwood, Texas

    December 3, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  146. Roy - Chicago IL

    This was a Red win in a Red state...in reality I think a lot of Democrats stayed home for this one, seeing they already have the White house, and 58-59 seats in the Senate. Jack, John McCain and a lot of Republicans also campaigned there........why are you giving her this credit? She could not get a Republican senator in ALASKA....remember?

    December 3, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  147. Atlanta Charlie

    Nothing! Sarah Palin has absolutely no appeal to the moderate and Independent voters. Chambliss won because he is in a southern state that blindly supports whoever is on the GOP ticket regardless of their qualifications. For heavens sake- they still drive around with "W" stickers on their cars! It’s the blind leading the blind! Their evangelic leaders have convinced them that they will go to hell if they vote Democrat! They have their heads burried so deap that it is embarrassing to admit that I live here!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  148. Don (Ottawa)

    It means two things, jack. To Sarah Palin it means they love me and I can be President. To Chambliss it means Sarah can draw the crowd and enthuse the masses, all necessary to win an election.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  149. Jenna Wade

    What does Saxby Chambliss’s win in Georgia mean for Sarah Palin who went there to campaign for him?

    It doesn't mean a thing..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    December 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  150. Ed in Savannah, GA

    Jack: It doesn't mean a thing. Georgia is the only state that by law requires a candidate to win by "50%+1" in an election. If no one wins by that margin, a run-off election must be held between the top two vote getters. My wife and I winter here in Savannah and we arrived here about two weeks ago. We quickly learned that the locals considered a Chambliss victory inevitable as he had beaten Democrat Martin fairly easily on November 4, but third party candidates kept him from the magic "50%+1" margin of victory. Georgia went for McCain/Palin, is a deep red republican state and in a head-to-head contest Martin really had no chance (hence Obama's refusal to come here to campaign for Martin?). Yesterday's election merely confirmed this, but Chambliss would have done as well without Palin's help, although I'm sure she and her backers will tout this as an important step in her drive for leadership of the Republican party.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  151. garrick

    hi jack
    it means nothing for her,she only appeal to one set of people and they just happen to be small mines like her,it also shows alaska can run without her being their.
    clearwater,fl

    December 3, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  152. Bill from Maine

    Jack:

    It doesn't mean a darned thing - that race was extremely close to begin with and Sarah Palin's "influence" is cosmetic anyhow. Oops, there I go again, referring to something akin to lipstick! That poor woman ought to just throw in the towel and sell Mary Kay products - she's a natural!

    December 3, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  153. Tom in New Hope, MN

    It means Sarah Palin will give the late night comedians a continuous source of comedy material. It is a joke if the Republicans think she is the new face of the party. The Republicans have lost their way and I guess now they are willing to just settle for a pretty face.

    December 3, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  154. M Dixon Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    It's like the groundhog seeing it's shadow. It means another 6 months of Palin. God help us!

    M. Dixon
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    December 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  155. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Chambliss would've won anyway. Georgia is a conservative state and Palin draws large conservative crowds (which did nothing to help McCain win the General Election). If the Republicans want to promote her as the future of the Republican party, they can look forward to remaining the minority for many years to come. More power TO her-Palin in '12!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  156. Jim

    Jack,

    It means she'll keep getting press attention for a while longer. It'll be interesting to see if she gets any calls for help from GOP candidates in 2010. Of course, as an Obama supporter, I'm rooting for her. The thumping Obama would give her in 2012, if she's dumb enough to run for president and if the GOP is dumb enough to nominate her, would make Obama/McCain look like a cliffhanger.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    December 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  157. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It means as much as it meant for McCain in the election Nov. 4th-nothing.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  158. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    It means nothing. The people of Georgia do not seem to have a patriotic bone in their body. They elected Chambliss over two Viet Vets. He appeals to the dark side of the South and Palin made no diff. at all.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  159. Roland

    It means that fresh peaches will be served at the Alaska Governor's mansion a little more often.

    Hopefully Alaskans will see a drop in the price of fresh peaches in their supermarkets too, but I wouldn't hold my breath. They'll probably have to settle for peanuts.

    Roland
    St. George, UT

    December 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  160. Jerry Foster

    It means that Republicans in Georgia prefer Chamblis over Martin. What it means for Sarah Palin is up to you guys in the media to determine. Some will say without her he would not have won, others will say that Chamblis' win margin would have been much greater without her. Bottom line is more Republicans got to the poles than Democrats. Maybe Repulicans have better cars and more gas, perhaps you should take a poll.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  161. Ray Bucargo

    It doesn't mean anything.

    Republicans were scared of a Democratic sweep in Congress and they defaulted to a red candidate.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  162. Liberal in Los Angeles, CA

    Nothing!!! She's in the limelight by default. The media continue to report on her as if she did something good for all mankind. She needs to go back to work in Alaska!!!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  163. Jim Cowan

    It means the state of Geogia has no shortage of idiots.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  164. Brad, Tennessee

    Nothing Jack, she's still just a national joke.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  165. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    It means nothing I believe. She just helped get one of the most dishonorable members of the senate back in.
    Helping Chambliss only dims her star more.\
    I was in Atlanta during the last week of his first campaign. I was appalled at what he had to say about Max Cleland. He and Palin deserve each other

    December 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  166. Bruce Marshall

    Jack it means that the people in Georgia are as dumb as those in Alaska

    December 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  167. Jeannie, North Carolina

    The fact that she drew such large enthusiastic crowds shows that she was in her element... lots of people in that neck of the woods are just as ignorant as she is.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  168. David Bakody Dartmouth NS

    What does it mean.... it means that the GOP now have their #1 hands down candidate for 2012 or 2016.... it's all in the bag.... no others need apply. It's just that simple...or is it?

    December 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  169. Sigrid Wyly

    It means her ridiculously enormous ego will continue to bloat. Hopefully, she will become airborne and drift into Russian airspace.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  170. Andy Solomon

    I think he would have won anyway. It's a deeply Republican
    state and she is popular there. There is still a lot of resentment
    that she lost the election for John McCain.
    Andy S. Los Angeles

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  171. Sindia in Cleveland

    THANK YOU JACK! Its about time someone pointed out she is not as popular in Alaska anymore. Now to your question... It means she got her face on TV AGAIN! Why can't Palin just GO AWAY! How about she get back to work and take care of her kids!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  172. Donna Fischer

    Hopefully it means nothing...I still don't think she's fit to run this country!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  173. Meow

    No one cares about Palin anymore. It's ridiculous that she's still getting media attention and credit for Saxby's win. Palin = Old News.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  174. Tommy, Chicago IL

    It means NOTHING! Chambliss was going to win no matter what. With Obama's name not on the ballot, the African American and young voter turnout was not as great as it was on Nov 4th.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  175. Joshua Stevens

    It means she obviously wants to keep herself in the spotlight. I feel we are going to see her clamor for whatever spotlight she can grasp in the coming years. Here's a thought: SHE'S STILL THE ALASKA GOVERNOR! She needs to concentrate on the job she was elected for and stay out of the national spotlight for a while. Proving she is a capable governor will be much more impressive than footstomping for a shoe-in candidate.

    Joshua Stevens
    Rapid City, SD

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  176. Dan

    Jack, it probably means she will send him some moose steaks for Christmas in order to secure his support for any future political aspirations she may have. (BTW, this is not a slight against moose. The steaks ARE quite tasty.)

    Dan
    Vancouver, Canada

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  177. Christine B

    The main reason Chambliss won is because GA is a red state that would have required a huge scandal to keep him out of office. Palin was merely preaching to the choir; she has no pull with centrists and certainly not the Left. She'll have her hands full dealing with the huge loss of Alaska oil royalties the the price of crude so low. This will be the last hiccup we hear from her in hopefully a very long time.

    Christine
    Los Angeles

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  178. Barb

    If Sarah Palin is responsible for the win in GA, I pity the republicans. I listened to about one minute of her speech in which she repeated the exact same phrazes three times. She still cannot put together an intelligent sentence. Thank God I voted for Barack!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  179. Jacob, Lake City MI

    Jack this just means that we are going to have to keep hearing about Governor HockeyMom. I wish she would just go back to Alaska so we could all be done with her.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  180. Kelly Brickner

    It means that she must be the face of the GOP for the foreseeable future, and this Democrat calls that an invaluable gift.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  181. Dennis

    It means that "Cute" always works in the media - with or without
    substance.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  182. Sully 254

    Keep it in Georgia..... Keep it in Georgia

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  183. Sue

    It means nothing. The big story here is NOT that Chambliss won; but that there was even a run-off election needed! The Republicans should have won this outright on November 4th!
    Sue-Sioux Falls, SD

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  184. Karen - Missouri

    It tells me the people in Georgia can't speak English either. Palin projects nothing but illiteracy, so it means nothing to me what Palin does.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  185. David Krause

    It means she's definately a presidential candidate for 2012. That is just great news for the Democrats. Come 2012 she'll actually have to answer the hard questions the media throws at her. Then the whole world will see just how under qualified she really is.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  186. John

    And I thought it was hard to get Hillary to stop.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  187. C. Aaron McNeece

    That's an easy one, Jack. She should move to Georgia. She would fit in perfectly.

    C. Aaron McNeece
    Tallahassee, FL

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  188. ED

    It means, there are two names that I don't want to hear (Paris and Palin).

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  189. jr

    I live in and work in Cobb county, GA ( completely RED). Dont believe the hype! No one was talking about Palin helping Saxby, only on the news!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  190. Alton Drew

    Jack:

    It doesn't mean anything. Mr. Chambliss won because of low voter turnout by Obama supporters and the conscious desire by some voters to maintain some checks and balances on the new chief executive and the majority power. What it does mean is that too many of us are still unware as to how our system of government works by taken for granted who sits in the Congress regardless of who sits in the White House.

    Alton Drew
    Atlanta

    December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  191. larry

    Jack:

    It looks like the deer in GA should get their antlers trimmed lest they be thought to be moose from Palin's "Alaska One" helicopter. You never know what she might do wherever she goes.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  192. Anna from PA

    I dont know what it means for Saxby, but I hope this is the last we hear of her. Hockey Mom has no business in Politics, she needs to be back home in Alaska, taking care of her children (like hockey moms claim they do), keep the pro-life children procriating and teaching them the bible.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  193. Ray Moser

    It means the depth and breadth of her answers will remain as shallow as it was during the Presidential campaign. If the GOP right wing gets her nominated in 2012 (barring a complete Obama disaster the next 4 years) it will set the conservative movement back for decades.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  194. Sylvia, Boston, MA

    It reaffirms my belief of who makes up the base of the Republican party. Small minded and behind the times. GA makes me think of "Gone with the Wind"

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  195. Geri in Wyomissing, PA

    It means she's exposed herself again, is still green, can read off of a monitor but still hasn't shown depth or great political knowledge.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  196. Laura in Tulsa

    It means the People in Georgia were gonna vote for Chambliss anyway. It says nothing of the rest of the country.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  197. Steven - Wichita, KS

    Palin on the road campaining again? Further evidence that the 2012 election cycle is well underway. God help us all.

    Steven
    Wichita, KS

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  198. sara, athens, ga.

    Palin's open armed reception in my home state only means one thing as far as I'm concerned, that her political career rests on the shoulders of rednecks and backwoods country folk.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  199. Shirley -AK OHIO

    It means absolutely nothing. Saxby was going to win anyway in that red red red state. Palin got slapped out of the spotlight when Obama tapped Clinton for Secretary of State and Palin found a way, for a couple of hours, to get back into the spotlight by campaging for Saxby. It is going to take Palin more than 4 years, if not more than 8 years to get up to speed as to what is actually going on in this world. At that time, she will have mad competition and I would throw Michelle Obama, Condi Rice and Hillary Clinton into that competition. Now you see why I say it means absolutely nothing.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  200. mere

    It means that the people in that red state do not know that Sarah Palin's husband only recently switched from the Alaskan Independent party that do not Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. It means that the people in that red state do not know that Sarah Palin has been married with her husband during the entire time that he did not pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. It means that the people in that red state believe that it is not important to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  201. Al Swilling

    I can only speak for myself. Sara Palin's appearance in Georgia on Chambliss' behalf means nothing to me. It hasn't changed my opinion of her one iota. It's hard to take someone like Palin seriously, though obviously some people do.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  202. Elinor

    Ga is a very conservative state. Had she not done well there, her future might have looked a bit fuzzy. Let's talk about Sarah Palin after four years of President Obama. I think that will be the proper time to assess her future The GOP may want to move in a different direction. Far right is a wrong turn. They may want to veer to the center, and she's no centrist.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  203. Dave/Kentucky

    Nothing much, that means Georgia likes her. She'll not be accepted as a real presidental candidate nationally.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  204. Maggie in NJ

    Jack:
    It doesn't mean much. Her strident voice should go back to Alaska where it can echo "right back atcha".
    Puhleeze!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  205. Noreen

    Jack, with the Republican Governors conference over and the National Governors conference over, and the final 2008 election over, I can only hope it means she will go back to Alaska and not be heard from for a very ,very long time. She's been good for a lot of laughs, but it's time to bid her farewell.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  206. Ralph Nelson

    It means people are stupid ! People tend to hire and vote for people like themselves (reference George W. Bush). Palin is so dumb she fits the mold. She's the Marilyn Monroe of politics. Except Marilyn was lovable. Palin is contemptable. She uses the "No Brain" offense. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  207. Frank - Des Moines, IA

    Nothing. Sarah Palin is going to be around for awhile and her campaigning for Chambliss doesn't make her a better more experienced candidate, it just makes her more popular and that is true politics! Telling people want they want to hear not what they should know.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  208. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    The election should not have been close in a statewide race for any Republican in Georgia and it wasn't. A fourteen or fifteen point win is a landslide. Unless Jim Martin had J. C. Himself campaigning for him, he was destined to loose. So Sarah Palin, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani were just window dressing, holiday ornaments or dingleberries.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  209. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    It most likely means that Caribou Barbie has come to stay!
    If she represents the BEST the Republicans have to offer, BRING IT ON!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  210. Roseann

    Means NOTHING – she is like going to the circus – nothing more. And remember this is GEORGIA – -the reddest of red. She is like watching a car accident – you know you should look away ...but....

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  211. Julie Gray

    Nothing. She was just a pretty face in a crowd of non-descriptive aging white hair men who don't sound too energized or have a sexy glimmer in their eye...wink...wink...

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  212. maria

    Palin is a gorgeous woman with a well known voice. I personally knew nothing about her, not even her name, before the presidential election. Now that it is over, she is trying to get as much attention as she can. If she didn't have such a pretty face, I don't think that attention would be happening

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  213. Carolyn in Ga.

    It simply means that Palin's views and those of the majority of Ga., are narrow-minded, ignorant evangelicals-her base and thank God, a minority in this country.
    I need to move.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  214. Michael Friday

    Jack, it means that:
    To the gullible, she remains buoyant;
    To the partisan, she remains invincible;
    To the blind, she trumps Romney;
    To the idiot, she trumps Giuliani;
    To the unimaginative, she trumps Huckabee.
    But to the lover of a viable two-party system,
    She is "Ho-hum, wake me up when the new GOP leader is named."

    December 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  215. Anj in CA

    It means nothing. Chambliss was a shoo-in. That won't stop Palin from taking credit, just as her dragging McCain down didn't stop her from shirking blame.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  216. Timothy B

    It says nothing about the antichrist, um, I mean Miss Alaska. It says that President-elect Obama failed to campaign here. thus no one voted. As an Atlantan, I waited in line for over four hours with lots of other fired up folks eager to vote for him. Yesterday it too me less than two minutes to vote for JIm Martin.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  217. Kelsey Athens, GA

    It means we should secede and appoint her queen. What do you mean, 'What does it mean?' All it means is that she'll win the state in 2012, if she happens to be nominated. And that's something we could have assumed already.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  218. Sam Regan

    hey I'm Sam Regan from Alpharetta, GA. and i dont think that Sarah Palin had a huge impact if any here in Georgia, this is a very republican state and it is not shocking that a conservative such as Chambliss won a large majority of the vote. Palin had nothing to do with it, she was just able to form some large crowds the day before the runoff.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  219. Kevin in Oregon

    You're giving way too much credit to Sarah Palin. A stump speech by the hockey mom does not an election win. History has already shown that.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  220. Tony from Chicago

    I think it means very little. Frankly, it was a miracle named Barack Obama that got Jim Martin as many votes as he did on Election Day. This was the Republicans' race to lose. Hell, they could even have had George W. Bush come down to stump for Saxby, and he STILL would have won.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  221. earlene smith

    Palin is a joke she needs to start reading instead of doing shows
    If the repulicains let her run again they will lose good for us.
    I wondering when she'll just go away I love smart people and she's not one of them.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  222. Dody, Arden, NC

    It means Sarah is not going to click her Nieman Marcus heels and go back to Alaska. Mooseburgers probably don't look as good once you've been on a $150,000 shopping spree. Apparently, being the Gov in the wilds of Alaska has lost it's luster after the screaming adoration of the right wingers of the Lower 48. She hasn't been to Juneau since her return to AK, opting at every opportunity to come spout her inflammatory nonsense into whatever microphone is stuck in her face. No, she's done being the Little Governor That Could. She's going for bigger game now. Sigh.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  223. Brenda

    from Augusta, Ga.
    It doesn't mean anything. The people who showed up for her rallies were already die-hard supporters. The actual turnout was small. Local opinion knew that Chambliss would win; in fact, everyone thought he'd win with at least 70%. Evidently, Palin hurt him.
    And Jack, the question is "What is a conservative mom?" It obviously can't be Sara Palin. You'd think she'd stay home and be mom sometimes, but every chance she gets, she's way..... away from her family... soaking up the spotlight. Seems to me if she believed what she says she believes, she'd enjoy having the election over so she could spend time with her children at home. I'm all about women doing it all in perspective, but you've gotta be Mom sometimes instead of queen of the Media!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  224. Jeff in Cosata Rica

    Hope it means that all the has-beens and never-wassers ( its an English expression Jack) like Romney et al., will be convinced that Palin is the republican party's choice for 2012. Then we can all enjoy seeing them slide into oblivion. Is there no common sense at the GOP these days? Time to bury this right-wing agenda.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  225. Tim Florida

    It means she is starting to expand her foreign policy experience? Whoops ,sorry ,wrong Georgia,can't see Russia from this one. I hope her advisors sent her to the right place.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  226. Gwendaline

    I am Alaskan. Sarah Palin is on her way out as governor of Alaska. We all know better who she is and what she stands for and we are humiliated at her lack of education, global knowledge, lack of global economic understanding and her right wing religious wacko politics. She loves one thing and that is herself and we plan to do something about her longevity in Alaska politics.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  227. Bob New Lenox

    Who?

    December 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  228. Jay-San Antonio

    Nothing; she is still a joke.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  229. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    Jack,

    Sarah Palin is slowly writing her own political obituary.

    Just wait til she is up for re-election as the governor of Alaska.

    Alaskans have seen their once pragmatic and popular governor morph into a right wing Republican puppet.

    Mark my word....Alaska voters aren't stupid....they'll be kissing her goodbye come election day!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  230. Phil Maher of Fremont, CA

    It means that Sarah Palin continues to draw crowds in areas of the country that are 'patriotic enough' to support her and guarantee that the Republican Party will secure its future as a smaller and smaller minority faction in this country. As I Democrat I take comfort in seeing that the Grand Old Party has not learned any lessons from the trouncing of Nov. '08. Drill Baby Drill...into oblivion.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  231. Eric - Dallas, TX

    With any luck it will lure the Republicans into a false sense of security entrusting her with the reigns to the party and with it their demise for a few more election cycles.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  232. john nolan, saskatchewan

    It means, Jack, that there are people out there who are so desperate in clinging to their Pro Life/Pro Gun ideology that Darling Sarah has become the retro poster girl for middle ages intellect.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  233. Carl J.

    The Chambliss win in Georgia means nothing for Gov. Palin. The GOP win in Georgia was no surprise. If the GOP wants to return to National prominence, they need to get a lot more serious than a Sarah Palin for 2012 and 2016.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  234. Doug Helena, Montana

    Was she still wearing her new Republican digs?

    December 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  235. Lawrence

    It's delusional to think that Chambliss' win has anything to do with Palin's last minute campaigning. The fact was that turnout among the key voting blocks that Chambliss opponent needed to win was not there due lack of motivation. Besides, Georgia is the reddest of the red States and the chances for Democrats was zero.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  236. lynnej from lattimore, nc

    Absolutely nothing. We, The People, aren't sheep anymore. We have awoke and found out that people like her mean no good fortune for the rest of us.

    Anyone that expected challenger Jim Martin to win in Georgia was seriously diluted with or without President-Elect Obama's campaigning. He will soon be the first black President of the United States. Some folk in some quarters don't like that. Electing Martin would seem like they were helping him to succeed. They couldn't do that.

    It is just going to take a little more time to get people to change when it comes to race and plain vindictiveness.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  237. Kiranbabu,Atlanta

    ZERO. Sara or no Palin still Saxby Chambliss was a winner. The run off was only formality to fill up the legal requirement. Jim Martin is no match to Saxby Chambliss.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  238. Cori from Colorado

    It means jack squat. Let's hope that she fades away now that elections are over.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  239. Diane Thilmont

    Sarah Palin drew the crowd and her speech indicated the need to block the Democrats power. She will get huge "payback" for her support of Saxby.
    Diane
    Miami, Fl.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  240. Bob

    Jack,

    The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders can attract a crowd to a Pep Rally.

    They can't win the game for the team on Sunday.

    Bob Fleming
    Louisville, Ky.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  241. Mac Walters, Riverside, CA

    It means she ain't goin' away anytime soon. Fortunately, the state of Alaska seems to run just fine without her. (Hey, who knew this governin' stuff could be so easy?)

    December 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  242. Jeffrey Cohen from LA, CA

    It means that Sarah Palin has a role in which she can get people to vote for a candidate through the power of persuasion. Watch out Republicans, I wouldnt want to anger this lady.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  243. Mari

    It means that despite all the criticism Sarah Palin received while campaigning as John McCain's vice president, she is still an influential figure that is still able to energize Republican voters. The reception that she received here in Georgia further confirmed to me that her run as VP was not the end of Palin's national political presence.

    Mari
    Decatur, GA

    December 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  244. Frederick Hayes

    Jack this only makes it obvious that Palin wants to repair her reputation with republicans. Besides that, it doesn't mean a thing.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  245. Bill

    Govenor Palin now has fame and pop-culture appeal. I keep asking myself when will she go away and yet I still find myself intrested in her latest faux paux. I can see people in small towns turning out to see the "national circus" as she comes to town. As for supporting her, well as we know half of the country just ain't that bright.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  246. Lex from New York City

    Well... we've all heard the rumors that republicans want her in 2012, and if she gets any momentum from this, then her presence on the republican ticket would elect Barack Obama for a second time in a row. No matter what, even before she lost John Mccain the election, everybody had realized how incapable she was. Nothing can change that.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  247. Howard A. SHAFER

    If PALIN was the reason that
    people from Georgia went
    republican – it appears that
    the thought process in that
    state has NOT changed
    since the Civil War!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  248. Michael in Columbia, MO

    So Palin is popular in a state with one of the lowest high school graduation rates. Who would have thought?

    December 3, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  249. dave

    Sarah Palin a national joke?? 75 million people tuned into the VP debate. Was it for Biden?? Yeah right. She draws crowds everywhere she goes.Because she is a 'national joke'? Not!!! With so much hand wringing and complaining about her, the only reasonable conclusion is the democrats, the main stream media and the liberal/progressives are frightened to death of her.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  250. jbs

    Hi jack Palin, she don't know if she's coming or going.she needs to go back to alaska and focus on governing.She campaign for chambliss,what is she's going to do next?My advice is if she is going to run in 2012 i think she should spend the rest of her time in library and study LONG AND HARD.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  251. Paul

    Jack,
    Would be good to have her in 2012? She will be just perfect to be beaten by the CONTINUATION OF CHANGE.

    Chantilly, Virginia

    December 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  252. Jean

    Jean: Leesburg, Georgia

    What does this say for Palin? It says that she has an appeal to a certain type of voter. Chambliss ran a very negative campaign and she definately fit right in!

    I am surprised that the race needed a runoff in the first place. The only reason it came to that was the well known name of Bob Barr, a Liberterian candidate. I sure that all his votes went to Chambliss.

    My apologies to the rest of the country and I am thankful for the election of O'Bama!

    By the way, does anyone know when they are coming to take all the guns away?

    December 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  253. Ola, Nashville TN

    It means that there is a large segment of the population that still doesn't see her as a joke......that is pretty scary.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  254. Doris, Murray ,Ky

    Jack I can't think about what Chambliss win means for Palin I can only think about what it means for us. Giving Palin credit for helping with anything means we will never be free of her. I envy the people of Alaska because she wants to be in the lower forty-eight and not there , they get a break from her if only we were so lucky.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  255. David Foldi, Geneva Switzerland

    Dear Jack,
    It means Tina Fey's past has a future. Hooray for that.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  256. Carl J in Norcross, GA

    Jack is means a few things for Gov. Palin, first it's easy to charge the base which is the majority of Georgia, and also it means 57.5% of Georgians were inspired by the four (4) rallies she did on Monday, but overall it means nothing. I don't think the American people would be so foolish to elect her as President. She might be able to win another term as Governor in Alaska, unless they figure her out, but not as President of the United States. She's not like you or I...

    December 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  257. Alan, Buxton Maine

    It means she is still a clown and I hope the Republicans keep her in front of the cameras for the next four years. It will insure a Democratic win no matter who runs.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  258. Keith in CA

    Palin is being given way too much credit. At best, she was like a relief pitcher coming in at the eighth inning for a team with a healthy lead. Would you hail that pitcher as the next Sandy Kofax or Nolan Ryan? Let's see how well she delivers for Republican candidates in New York or California. Better yet, why doesn't she go back to Alaska and do the job she was elected to do.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  259. ken jefferson city mo

    It means that she will go back to alaska and we don't have to hear her
    mouth anymore Thank God!!!

    December 3, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  260. roman nakonechny, corbin, KY

    The only thing that Sarah did was try to call attention to herself. I don't believe she was pivotal to election results. If the republican party is financing her junkets they need to have their heads examined. However, Sarah is a great source of material for late night comics if one could call that a redeeming quality.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  261. j/NJ

    What does Saxby Chambliss’s win in Georgia mean for Sarah Palin who went there to campaign for him?

    Saxby Chambliss would have prevailed in the Georgia runoff (a silly election prerequisite) irrespective of Sarah Palin's visit, however, her presence there probably did have a marginal impact...Georgia is after all one of the most conservative Southern states but clearly not the reddest Jack as you seem to think...on the other hand the news media cannot resist creating the illusion that Sarah Palin is a larger than life political figure, that her presence alone in virtually any state is sufficient to get any republican elected...

    December 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  262. Toni from OK

    I don’t know how Palin can claim credit for this win, that is absurd.
    The twisted philosophy of the Republicans has me baffled.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  263. Michael

    Jack – I'm a Georgian. Palin might have drawn "huge" crowds, but so do tractor pulls! Chambliss won, but I don't think it was as decisive as he'd like to think it was. Many democrats are satisfied with the presidential outcome and Martin was not seen as a strong leader. Thus, voter turnout didn't happen. As far as Palin – I hope she sticks with moose hunting.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  264. Jenny from GA

    Nothing. There are many in the state who don't understand the issues at hand and will believe anyone who utters the "conservative values" phrase.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  265. Stefan Portland, OR

    It means she racked up some frequent flyer miles. Maybe she should try using her Passport.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  266. Rob , NYC

    Can someone lock this woman up and throw away the key..... Enough already

    December 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  267. Karyn

    I see she's still playing 'beauty pageant' .....who's taking care of that precious special needs baby???

    December 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  268. J. G. Roth, Newport Beach

    Nothing, Jack. Sarah Palin was not qualified to be President then, she
    is not qualified to be president now, and she will not qualify to be
    President in 2012.

    Jack, why do the Republicans STILL insist on perpetuating this lie?

    December 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  269. Steven Perry

    Jack, me boy,
    Sarah Palin is the Republican for our time!
    She has the heart of Nixon,
    the intellect of Reagan
    the ego of Bush,
    and the soul of Cheney.
    All progressives should love her.
    Praisin' the lord.
    You betcha.
    Steve
    Lihue, HI

    December 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  270. Mark

    Those who decry her the loudest are those who fear her the most.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  271. Elizabeth Johnson

    I have five friends who could be the Govenor of Alaska. If the news world would leave well enough alone, Sarah Palin would disappear into the tundra. If the Chambliss race had been held in any other state than Georgia, he would have been declared the winner on election day, why does everyone give her credit for his winning now?
    Pretending that she is smarter than she is will not make it so!!.

    December 3, 2008 at 4:49 pm |